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Cooperative Federalism

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Emily Fuller

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Cooperative Federalism

Real Life Application Examples Pros and Cons Pros:
- It gives the people the sense that they can actually participate into what is going on into today's society. Cooperative Federalism State Power Federal Power What is supposed to happen? In theory, both state and federal governments held their own powers and responsibilities. This not only gave the people a sense of participation in their government, but it also prevented either the state or the government from gaining too much power. Cooperative federalism is applicable in today's society, however; either the state or the federal government has to give into the other's demands. In other words, they have to compromise. Also, it usually always has to do with money. For example, in 1987 the federal government instituted a law that prohibited the consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21. Most states complied except Louisiana. Due to Louisiana's disobedient actions, the federal government withdrew the grant that was going to fix Louisiana's highways until they accepted the law. Due to Louisiana's deteriorating highway system, they had to accept the law. However, Louisiana manipulated the law so that 18-year old's could drink only in the company of their parents. So, we cooperated but both sides had to give in something. Normally, the federal government tries to avoid creating laws that are absolute. However, it tends to make laws that are encouraged and that give state governments who participate a stipend. It is a political concept that accepts the decentralization of power. This means that both federal and state governments cooperate on the administration of rights to the people. This also gives people the thought of independence and authority in making decisions. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal Program gave money to states that fulfilled the requirements that the federal government had established. The Great Society Program formulated by Lyndon B. Johnson was another way of cooperative federalism, except the power was given to citizen groups. The federal government gave money towards education, infrastructure, and poverty programs. Cons:
-The government usually did not have the state government or its people's best interests at heart. The feds usually bought them out just so they could pass legislation that favored the Elite.
-FDR used force at the state and local levels to pass legislation on the New Deal Program. Political machines were used as scare tactics to antagonize people to vote pro-New Deal.
-All-in-all, the use of cooperative federalism is a joke. The only reason the federal government uses it is so that the people get the false hope that they are important and wanted when really the government just wants a easy route to pass laws in favor of politicians. Interesting Facts:
-Cooperative Federalism is also called "Marble Cake" Federalism because federal and state governments are supposed to be mixed. Sources:
-Our history book
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